Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham
by and sold by Richard Houston, after Benjamin Wilson Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, circa 1750-1775
15 1/4 in. x 11 in. (387 mm x 278 mm) plate size; 15 1/2 in. x 11 1/8 in. (393 mm x 284 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1949
- Richard Houston (1721 or 1722-1775), Engraver. Artist associated with 189 portraits.
- Benjamin Wilson (1721-1788), Portrait painter and scientist. Artist associated with 43 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
- NPG D4093: Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham (from same plate)
- NPG D19319: Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham (from same plate)
Notorious highwayman James MacLaine is apprehended and hanged at Tyburn, having passed in society as a wealthy gentleman for two years.Scottish landlords start evicting tenants in the Highland Clearances. Westminster Bridge is opened, the only fixed crossing of the River Thames between London Bridge and Putney.Iron Act is passed restricting the manufacture of iron products in the American colonies.
Art and science
Electrician and experimental philosopher John Canton reads a paper before the Royal Society on a method of making artificial magnets. Writer Samuel Johnson begins publishing his periodical The Rambler
. Artist Joshua Reynolds travels to Italy, where he remains until 1752. Establishment of the Jockey Club; a gentleman's club which took over the regulation of British horse racing.
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach dies in Leipzig. He completes his Mass in B Minor, worked on over many years, shortly before his death.